Dynatect Bellows Connect Mobile Building Campuses for Disaster Relief

The recent abundance of hurricanes, earthquakes, and wildfires has created a strong demand for disaster relief modular buildings, like those made from shipping containers. Modular buildings are easily configured for multiple uses, including mobile hospitals, recovery command posts, and temporary lodging. Since rapid response is essential to relief efforts, overhead cranes or hydraulic lifting mechanisms may not be readily available to place multiple shelters in perfect alignment for direct connections. To mitigate uneven surface grading and inexact building placement, suppliers of portable buildings seek practical solutions to connect multiple shelters to form a mini-campus.

This is not a new challenge. Large, flexible bellows which connect mobile structures can be seen in passenger boarding and transit applications. Bus bellows are used to connect long articulated buses seen in major metropolitan areas. Folding type bellows are also seen on passenger boarding bridges (jet bridges) where an enclosed, movable connector extends to an airplane or ship. This proven technology responds to flexing while protecting occupants from sun, rain, wind, and snow. These applications already demand UV resistance and the capability to handle varying temperatures from -30˚F to 130˚F.

The same large bellows technology is used to connect multiple shelters together to make a campus, compound, or complex. In these applications, bellows reduce the number of doors exposed to the environment, helping manage climate control costs and acoustics. The bellows passageways also increase safety by eliminating stair navigation between buildings. When the application is food preparation or emergency medical services, the bellows help sustain clean and sterile environments. The reduced number of exposed doors also helps manage access to…

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